Not as a beautiful clothing by which the inner man speaks and makes itself known, but as one complete outer man, which muffles, hides, and sometimes buries out of sight, the glorious inner man of God. Might in power, that great power, holiness; that silent witness, that most eloquent of all things, holiness. Ephesians 3:16In no part of Paul’s letters does he rise to a higher level than in his prayers, and none of his prayers are fuller of fervour than this wonderful series of petitions. There is a direct passage between God and my spirit. By the Spirit; by the Holy Spirit. It is to the riches of the love of God, therefore, that we owe our very existence. The next thing, or the thing which goes along with this very often, is the consciousness of sin. It gives no definition of what the term includes. Every man in himself is poor. LET IT BE CERTAIN TO US THAT THIS GIFT OF STRENGTH TO OUR SPIRITS BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS OUR PERPETUAL NEED. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. If in any of us the spiritual power has ebbed and fallen, let this prayer be ours. There are men whose zeal for the evangelization of the world is often very real and very fervent, but who give us no impression of spiritual strength. Not only did it hang there, but it upheld four thousand pounds' weight attached to it! From all eternity God was sufficient for Himself, full of life and joy, and under no obligation, either from without or from within, to create a single world. The thinking and feeling faculties, the marvellous soul which perceives, searches, imagines, desires, loves, hates, resolves, and so forth — is not to be omitted from "the inner man," which the Spirit of God visits and renews, inhabits and ennobles. But preeminently in the work of redemption do we see the riches of His goodness. By Lois Parker Edstrom. Then, thoughts — those little springs that swell into oceans, those germs of everything. There is the measure. THE BLESSING SOUGHT IS REGARDED AS A FREE GIFT, "That he would grant you... to be strengthened." How rich the expression! God might have given away everything He had made; He might have emptied the exchequer of heaven; but the price would not have purchased the redemption of a single soul. THE RICHES OF HIS WISDOM. There are others who are often inspired with a passion for Christian perfection, but in them, too, there appears to be no real vigour. Then, further, he becomes conscious of goodness as well as of sin. If the power of God is seen in the creation and preservation of all things, His wisdom is seen in making all things work together for good; and what a wealth of wisdom is implied in bringing out of the most contradictory and deleterious elements a vast, harmonious, and unspeakably valuable result! Not merely a thinking something, to be informed by knowledge and guided by morals. The discovery of our own poverty implies some apprehension of the wealth of God, and hence its blessedness. But there are so many outer men put on by some — one, another, and another yet — that the real inner man might seem to be hopelessly buried.I. recover himself? This is our way to the priesthood and princeliness which the redeeming God bids us come up to and exercise. Cross references. There are great varieties of experience. Raleigh, D. D.Everyone has an inner man, a better self, a potential perfection within him, which will awake and begin to flower when he feels in his soul the touch of God. Ephesians 3:16, CSB: "I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit," Context Summary. Not at all. It is a domain of beauty, and we have no adequate language in which to speak of it. How does a man reach the centre and fountain of his own being? Be it our first care that we are born of the Spirit, and living in the Spirit. - T.C. There is an inexhaustible source of mercy upon which we may draw at pleasure in the supreme exigencies of our life. 3. It is a prayer that God would make us eminent in grace and goodness, that our souls may prosper and. IV. It is easy to see, indeed, that the Fountain of strength is in the Spirit; for all the nine graces of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22) - are so many factors of this inward power. "When Pandy was young and a looker, Barbie loved her. From all eternity God was sufficient for Himself, full of life and joy, and under no obligation, either from without or from within, to create a single world. Just as life is to some all dress, so it is to some all manners.3. Not so. (3) Filled with all the fulness of God. Powerful pumps draw the materials out of the barrels, but the workers must carefully regulate the force of these pumps. Asleep; by fits and starts perhaps awaking, and then falling into slumber again. Our physical strength is renewed from day to day by food and rest. How is it to be attained? Exterior show is with them life, and they are always dressing. So for this Divine Indweller there is no part of my life that is not patent to His tread. I look first to conscience. find himself? The might which the Christian needs is conveyed through the agency of the Holy Spirit.3. Not so. But it is not in the deepest sense life.4. When the inner man is found, sin is found in it, or cleaving to it very closely.4. In that beautiful parable of the prodigal, touching as it does at so many points the actual experience of sinful men, we find that the wandering son no sooner comes to himself than he begins to think of his Father, and to talk of Him there, in those barren fields among the swine; and of His house, the beautiful home of his youth, and of His hired servants, and of the bread loading His tables — until his soul and his eyes are so full of the beauty and the peacefulness of other days, that the wilderness becomes more dark and dreary and horrible, and he says, "I will arise, and leave all this, and go home again to my Father."3. There is laid down in the being of each man, or deposited there in germ, an ideal, a Divine ideal, which ought to become, under the nourishing powers of redemption and providence, the real. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". This might is obtained in answer to prayer. The apostle's desire was to make men eminent Christians, to quicken them in the heavenly race, to promote in them a growth in grace and knowledge which would contribute to their spiritual robustness. Sep 20, 1992. That won't do. It is thenceforth good for nothing.". Or as some plant, drooping and flagging beneath the hot rays of the sun, when it has the scent of water given to it, will, in all its parts, stiffen and erect itself, so this Divine Spirit will go searching every corner of the inner man illuminating and invigorating all.III. Go deeper still, and you will find another outer man, which may go by this denomination — mind; indicating strong intellectual life, love of truth, i.e., natural truth; which presents itself to us in the form of fact and law — the scientific spirit. Having dwelt thus far on the supreme importance of spiritual life, and of the extreme need of its Divine strengthening which is occasioned and evinced by falls, let us in the next place seize a truth which we have barely touched yet. Let us look at them a little more accurately.I. That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man. It matters not that many say, "We are rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing"; not knowing that they are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. Raleigh, D. D.)LinksEphesians 3:16 NIVEphesians 3:16 NLTEphesians 3:16 ESVEphesians 3:16 NASBEphesians 3:16 KJVEphesians 3:16 Bible AppsEphesians 3:16 ParallelEphesians 3:16 Biblia ParalelaEphesians 3:16 Chinese BibleEphesians 3:16 French BibleEphesians 3:16 German BibleEphesians 3:16 CommentariesBible Hub. And, in union the hidden mystic union of God, which is the secret of it all; in which He is, who makes life, the essence of all which is worth the living; a real life, the life of your being. Go deeper still, and you will find another outer man, which may go by this denomination — mind; indicating strong intellectual life, love of truth, i.e., natural truth; which presents itself to us in the form of fact and law — the scientific spirit. Empower: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts . We have, then, an ear for the word which says, "I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich." Manners. There are perpendicular movements and horizontal movements; zig-zag movements and elliptical movements; — a swift and bewildering involution and evolution of forces, and a warring multitude of sounds — hissing and hammering, grinding and thumping; and yet there is the utmost harmony, and the most delicate and precise balance of action throughout the whole.III. The riches of His glory. Measure, then, God's love to man by His regard for His own Son! All wilful sin injures our spiritual life, enfeebles its conceptions of God, dulls its sense of His presence. You and I act upon one another from without, He acts upon us within. Other topics may be compassed and disposed of in a certain way, but who shall grasp and estimate this? Each of these parts we describe in various ways, according to the numerous feelings and motions our inward nature is accustomed to. I find myself thus introduced into a grand hall; a glorious amphitheatre, a temple of immeasurable dimensions; thronged and crowded with all the saints, all the holy ones, angels and men, into whose society I am strangely and of grace admitted. LET IT BE CERTAIN TO US THAT THIS GIFT OF STRENGTH TO OUR SPIRITS BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS OUR PERPETUAL NEED. Mind. Nothing more we need, nothing less can do it. How rich the expression! Rich as is the power of God, man could not be saved by mere power. But God has not only created us; He has also preserved us, even in the midst of our deep depravity and alienation. The true characteristic gift of the gospel is the gift of a new power to a sinful weak world; a power which makes the feeble strong, and the strongest as an angel of God. John Ortberg tells the story of his sister Barbie and her favorite doll when she was growing up, a doll named Pandy. We are still going inwards in search of that great something of which our text is the name. All that we know of God, as compares with that which lies hid, is but as the first yellow streak of dawn which breaks the darkness of night to the full brightness of noonday. Our usefulness depends on large supplies of spiritual strength, A Prayer on Behalf of the Ephesian Christians, Paul's Prayer for the Ephesian Christians, The Christian Brotherhood - Paul's Second Prayer, The Christian Temple: its Material and Magnitude. First, there is the matter of being strengthened (Ephesians 3:16). And let us humbly believe that it is the prayer Christ prays with us, moved by a consistency in love, and hope, and saving energy which we so sorely lack.III. John 3:16 tells us, “ For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have eternal life. It is not enough to have grace enough to carry us to heaven; we must abound in the fruits of righteousness to the praise and glory of God, Let us, then, pray earnestly that we may become "strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might," and that our inward man may be renewed day by day, even though our outward man show signs of weakness and decay. Indirectly through the believer obeying the impulses and directions of the Holy Spirit. Help Quick Nav Advanced Options. Christ loving and living, Christ dying, Christ risen, Christ ascended, Christ coming again, Christ triumphant over all His foes — the whole Lord Jesus Christ is ours. And affections — the likes and dislikes; those excellent servants, but horridly bad masters. W. Dale, LL. The might which the Christian needs is conveyed through the agency of the Holy Spirit.3. Or does it mean especially the part which we call the spirit, by which, when it is made active within us, we discern hidden and eternal realities? When he wanted money he could turn everything he touched into gold. As my text puts it, "Strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man." He who was rich became poor for us (2 Corinthians 8:9).4. AND WHAT WILL BE THE RESULT? Here is the Fountain of spiritual energy. And now, lastly, let me point you still further TO THE MEASURE OF THIS POWER. Brooks.1. It must be "the inner man." Scripture: Ephesians 3:14–21. This is, for us, "the glory that excelleth." It is a field of truth, and the end of all our searching is to discover that it is unsearchable. They cease to have a separate and independent existence. Oh that we might all know the strength that gives that might. If we say that a man is remarkable for his intellectual energy, we think of him as having in the very centre of his intellectual life a free and inexhaustible fountain of force and activity. How is this to be discovered? The moment a man comes to himself, all these things begin together, and go on together. There is no limit except the uncounted wealth of His own self-manifestation, the flashing light of a revealed Divinity. There are others who are often inspired with a passion for Christian perfection, but in them, too, there appears to be no real vigour. Brooks. Search a pre-defined list ... Sermon Notes for Ephesians … The riches of His glory. Not as a beautiful clothing by which the inner man speaks and makes itself known, but as one complete outer man, which muffles, hides, and sometimes buries out of sight, the glorious inner man of God. It is from this point of view that the riches of the Divine wisdom are seen — not merely in producing good, but in bringing good out of evil; not merely in producing beauty, but in bringing beauty out of deformity; not merely in producing harmony, but in bringing harmony out of discord; not merely in producing life, but in bringing life out of death. Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out that it is not that when a man becomes a Christian suddenly everything in the world is set right. He alone can create. Maclaren, D. D.Let us consider that great thought of the Divine strength-giving power which may be bestowed upon every Christian soul.I. Raleigh, D. D.)LinksEphesians 3:16 NIVEphesians 3:16 NLTEphesians 3:16 ESVEphesians 3:16 NASBEphesians 3:16 KJVEphesians 3:16 Bible AppsEphesians 3:16 ParallelEphesians 3:16 Biblia ParalelaEphesians 3:16 Chinese BibleEphesians 3:16 French BibleEphesians 3:16 German BibleEphesians 3:16 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)It has a great work to accomplish.II. Next, motives. "Might," true might, ever increasing might; might in prayer; commanding prayers; might in the spiritual battle, might in the battle with that wicked heart; might with the devil; might over daily self, might, might in work. I find myself mow, first strengthened as a believer, so as to be fit for standing alone; but at the same time, secondly, having all over me, and all through me, love; love being my soil and cement. Nothing of an exterior nature can be more charming than graceful, polished, easy manners. He recognizes it distinctly, but of course very imperfectly, if yet the inner man, under all this moral action going on above it, lies in the main asleep. In light of that way of thinking, it is possible to develop a sermon that explores three areas of life together in the congregation. They do not pay any attention to the solemn warnings that the Scriptures utter. By all that is beautiful and holy, by all that is deep and rapturous in the relation of Father and Son, measure the sacrifice involved in the death of Christi1. We are too apt to conceive the religious life as consisting in a series of consecutive exercises, the beginning of the one waiting for the completion of the other. And let us humbly believe that it is the prayer Christ prays with us, moved by a consistency in love, and hope, and saving energy which we so sorely lack. Now notice, next, THAT THIS DIVINE STRENGTH HAS ITS SEAT IN, AND IS INTENDED TO INFLUENCE THE WHOLE OF THE INNER LIFE. God is first and last a God of love. The leaven is hid deep in three measures of meal until the whole be leavened. Our hearts may be made more and more capable of God; and in the measure in which they are capable of Him they shall be filled by Him. Beware of despising the riches of God (Romans 2:5).(F. First — what may be called a soul consciousness — a consciousness of having, or being, a soul. In a machine, a great variety of movements and powers contribute to one result. But, we still arent to the limit: Now to Him who is able to do far more a… He created other beings that He might lavish upon them the grandeurs of His mind and the felicities of His heart. If we are weak, what good can we do in the world? Begin at the centre, not at the circumference; not with outsides. Here meet man's measure and God's. They are never away from the glass. And, above all, the inner working of the Holy Spirit, which goes on low down in the innermost chambers. Of course there is a working limit at each moment, and that is our capacity to receive, but that capacity varies, may vary indefinitely, may become greater and greater beyond our count or measurement. That new vegetation, that fresh leafage, comes out and pushes them off, and clothes the tree with virgin green, drawing food and beauty from the mould of the earth, from the wandering wind, from the passing cloud. secret communion with God, intercourse with the Invisible. A Sermon on Ephesians 3:16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (ESV) Read more Because God's people are not all they ought to be, therefore these cavillers will keep aloof from the religion which they confess.(American. E. Gibbert.We are beings of a complex nature. It is a blessed thing to know that we are poor (Matthew 5:3). We must not reject a single particle of what is revealed concerning Him, but must feed upon it all as we are able.(C. He created them, because He saw beyond the dark sin of man, and knew that His love could snatch from sorrow and the grave a new creation still. AND HOW? The sublime act of creation did not exhaust or weary God. A woman once approached the famous preacher, G. Campbell Morgan, after he spoke and asked, Do you think we should pray for even the little things in our lives, or just for the big things? H. Gibbert. The whole inner man in all its corners is to be filled, and to come under the influence of this power, "until there be no part dark, as when the bright shining of a candle giveth thee light." This new life of goodness begins just with the other things we have named. IV. Whatsoever there is of splendour in that, whatsoever there is of power there, in these and in nothing this side of them, lies the limit of the possibilities of a Christian life. Or as some plant, drooping and flagging beneath the hot rays of the sun, when it has the scent of water given to it, will, in all its parts, stiffen and erect itself, so this Divine Spirit will go searching every corner of the inner man illuminating and invigorating all. Ephesians 3:14-16. or sermon number (e.g., #1123), The Congregational Prayers of Dr. Lloyd-Jones. There are others who seem spiritually weak, though their vision of spiritual truth is very keen and penetrating. Love is the soil, rich, deep, and generous, and withal, homogeneous all through, in which all the trees are rooted. Sin reduces the soul to utter destitution, and all have sinned. It is the want of love, it is the selfishness and hatred, that is the curse and woe of the world. If we say that a man is remarkable for his intellectual energy, we think of him as having in the very centre of his intellectual life a free and inexhaustible fountain of force and activity. It is the want of love, it is the selfishness and hatred, that is the curse and woe of the world. Search verses, phrases, and topics (e.g. You are to be strengthened with might. Rich as is the patience of God, man could not be saved by the mere lapse of time. And I ask anyone who has ever fallen into such misery and confusion of inward strife after he had tasted the peace of Christ's salvation, whether he did not learn in it his powerlessness to recover himself, and did not perceive that the best resolve and effort he could make would be no more than the galvanising of a dead limb unless another strength should be given him, and given him by the same Divine Spirit who before quickened him into a spiritual birth, unless God would hear the prayer which is no more than a broken wail of wretchedness and a struggling desire for healing? Manners. We have, then, an ear for the word which says, "I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich." Knowledge is power. E. Greek: hina d o humin kata to plouto s tes doxes autou dunamei krataiothenai dia tou pneumatos autou eis ton eso anthropon,. First repentance, then cleansing and forgiveness, then gratitude, then filial love, then active goodness. Wisdom is commonly said to lie in the use of the best means in order to the best ends; and many things might be said as to the adaptation of means to ends in nature. Whatsoever there is of splendour in that, whatsoever there is of power there, in these and in nothing this side of them, lies the limit of the possibilities of a Christian life. (3)It has a great work to accomplish.II. Might in power, that great power, holiness; that silent witness, that most eloquent of all things, holiness. Go deeper still, and you will find another outer man, which may go by this denomination — mind; indicating strong intellectual life, love of truth, i.e., natural truth; which presents itself to us in the form of fact and law — the scientific spirit. It is a blessed thing to know that we are poor (Matthew 5:3). He was rich in love; and His goodness overflowed. Be Constant in Prayer for the Joy of Hope. THE RICHES OF HIS GOODNESS. Ephesians 3:16 New International Version (NIV) 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, Cross references: Be it our first care that we are born of the Spirit, and living in the Spirit.II. This might should be sought as from an inexhaustible source.(G. The Holy Ghost must enter, and He will do it. But the riches of God are seen in the preservation of all things in existence as well as in their creation. When the inner man is found, sin is found in it, or cleaving to it very closely.4. There we behold God not only working and waiting, but making a great sacrifice for the salvation of man. It must be a supernatural power. We glorify God by this fuller strength. 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